2018/19 KingFut Pharaohs Abroad Preview: Europe
At the beginning of the 2018/19 European season, there are more than 12 Egyptians playing in Europe in five countries, excluding the six Pharaohs playing in England.
As Mohamed Salah continues to impress, more and more young Pharaohs are expected to make moves to Europe from Egypt in an attempt to reach the levels of stardom that the Liverpool winger has reached. Salah and Mohamed Elneny established a pipeline to Basel from the Egyptian Premier League, and because of what they did, other Egyptians have also traveled to the Swiss club in hopes of kick-starting their careers.
It is rare that players go straight to the Premier League from the Egyptian League such as Ahmed Hegazi and Ramadan Sobhi, and the majority opt to take a more common route through other leagues in Europe before taking the big step to the largest leagues in Europe. KingFut’s Malek Shafei previews the seasons of some of the Pharaohs Abroad in the rest of Europe, while assessing their potential for the season ahead.
Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’:
Despite currently being embroiled in an extensive transfer saga, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ is set to suit up for Kasımpaşa for another season. The Turkish club permanently signed the winger last season and will be hoping to get one more season out of him before he inevitably moves to one of Europe’s top leagues. Last season Trezeguet scored 13 goals and had six assists in the Süper Lig and will be looking to surpass his goal-scoring record this season.
READ: Where will Trezeguet go?
It is still unclear whether or not Trezeguet will stay at Kasımpaşa, but if he does everything is set up for him to set the league on fire next year. He has already shown that he possesses the attributes to dominate in the league, but now he is expected to lead his team to a Europa League qualifying position with silverware unlikely after Galatasaray have upgraded their team.
Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’:
The out-of-form striker is also linked with a transfer, with Greek side Olympiacos being reportedly close to acquiring the Egyptian. After going on a long scoring drought last season, Kouka lost his starting spot at Braga and failed to make the Egypt squad for the World Cup. Most recently the striker was excluded from Braga’s Europa League squad, signaling that he would soon be gone. Red Star Belgrade were also interested in acquiring the 25-year-old striker, according to reports.
If Kouka stays at Braga, he would struggle to find minutes. A move out of Portugal seems to be the obvious option for Kouka.
While playing with Atromitos on loan from PAOK last season, Warda scored 11 goals and assisted five times in 28 games, leading Atromitos to a fourth place finish last season. The 24-year-old winger has returned to his parent club PAOK, but it is unclear what role he will play. Warda has been included in their Champions League roster, but he has been coming off the bench in their qualifiers. Fortunately for Warda, he is already accustomed to the Greek Super League and will be able to fight for a starting role.
Zamalek striker Bassem Morsi was loaned out to Greek side AE Larissa after losing his starting spot at the White Castle. Larissa finished in 12th place last season, but the Greek side have made nine signings in an attempt to win silverware this season. It seems that Morsi has fit in already, with the Egyptian speaking on his ambitions to win trophies at the Greek club .
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